Friday, March 23, 2012

a Time for family


As children, we can't comprehend or fully realize the meaning of a grandmother's love. How wise she is, how much patience she has, or how much guidance she gives us by her example and by her helpful caring ways. Years go by before we know and understand the depth of her concern and the love in her protectiveness. But as we mature we do finally understand and we can look back and see through older eyes and wiser hearts her unconditional love, devotion, and family loyalty. It's these and many other things that make us realize how lucky we have been and how lucky we are to have this amazing woman - our grandmother - as the centered root of strength and love in our life. {auther:Karen Mortensen }

You will be missed.

I've sat down to write this three times now, and it's taken me two weeks to find the motivation! One of lifes inevitable moments came suddenly into being and seemed to turn my plans for March into a disarray!
In January, I found myself gathered around with some cousins for lunch as we excitedly planned a splendid weekend of celebration and uniting of families across the U.S in honor of my grandmothers 90th birthday! In the next few weeks, reservations were made, food was planned, airline tickets were bought...and the anticipation grew!

Then on February 14th the guest of honor for this awaited celebration was diagnosed with cancer.

Suddenly we found ourselves making memories within the quiet moments beside her hospital bed, and all other plans or schedules seemed to fade into the fog of unimportance. We took only one day at a time, and watched each day take its claim to the frailty of her life.

Family members who had already purchased airline tickets, finding it costly & difficult to change their reservations, wondered what awaited them upon arriving in CA.

They didn't have to wonder or wait long. Within two weeks from the day of her diagnosis, Grandma was called home to be with her loving Savior, Jesus!!

God's timing in all of this causes us to stand in awe! For the very day we had planned to be together for her birthday, March 8th 2012, was the day we were all together for her funeral! We are a rather large family, and 80 of us we're able to be there that day! The celebration was just a little different than we had planned! :)

We were still able to enjoy a few days after the funeral with my immediate family at the coast. It was a lovely way to spend some quality time and make some fun memories!


  1. a lovely post. It's hard to know what to say, yes? Each will be missed =(

  2. Wow. I'm tempted to say "how ironic", but God doesn't do irony. Crazy to think that He knew all along she would be celebrating with Him while you were celebrating her!

  3. This is a beautiful post. So sorry to hear about your grandmother Mel.

  4. Sorry to read that your grandmother is passed. Time is precious, and the promise of heaven even more so when those we love are waiting there! prayers..


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